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Student Grant Scheme


The Student Grant Scheme and SUSI

The student grant is the main source of financial support available from the Irish State for students in full-time post leaving certificate courses (PLCs) and full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses. Support is available to eligible students in most colleges in Ireland as well as eligible Irish students in many colleges in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU States. For eligible students, the grant is there to help with the various costs of participating in further or higher education. Students on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and short courses are not eligible for a student grant.

From August 2012, a new online grant application scheme called SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) replaced the previous system.  SUSI is managed by the City of Dublin ETB.

The Student Grant Scheme is available for the following course types:

  • Honours degree and Post Graduate Courses at Universities in Ireland for students who have already obtained a Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree
  • Honours Degree and Post Graduate Courses at Institutes of Technology
  • Degree courses in universities in other EU Member States for students who have already obtained a Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree
  • Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree at Institutes of Technology
  • Full-time approved courses at approved further education colleges

The existing grant awarding authorities will continue to process renewal applications for students to whom they have already awarded grants until such time as those students have completed their current courses. If you are changing your course or progressing to a new course you will have to apply through SUSI.

Visit to make an application.  

If you have any queries on the application process or the student grant scheme contact the "SUSI Support Desk" by telephone at 0761 08 7874 or email The SUSI support is available from 9.00am-10.00pm Monday-Friday and 9.00am-6.00pm Saturdays. To facilitate applicants with visual/hearing impairments, the scheme can be made available in different formats on request from the Department's Higher Education - Equity of Access Section.

The Student Grant Appeals Board

The Student Grant Appeals Board is independent and was established under the Student Support Act 2011. It is the first such board for those seeking to appeal decisions made on grants and is open to students who applied for consideration in this academic year. A Student must first submit a written appeal to the awarding authority or appeals officer who has refused their grant. If their decision is upheld the student then has 30 days to appeal to the Student Grant Appeals Board. Application forms are available from the awarding authority or the Department of Education and Skills. For more information see  or call the Student Grants Appeals Board, Department of Education and Skills on (057) 9325317. 

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